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Cycling CicLAvia

June 12, 2012

CicLAvia is an awkwardly named semi-regular event in downtown Los Angeles where a selection of major streets are closed to automobile traffic for an afternoon and given over to other uses.  The name comes from the more general term ciclovía, which directly translates from Spanish as “bike path.”  LA’s ciclovía apparently drew its inspiration from a similar but larger, longer standing, and much more regular practice in Bogatá.

CicLAvia is only in it’s second year, so as far as metro events go, it’s just getting started.  Still, it’s kind of a big deal.  Apparently, somewhere over 100,000 people had turned out for previous events.  I wanted to see what 100,000 people walking and biking around the urban core of the most famously car centric city on the planet looked like.  So I grabbed my camera, got on my bike, and headed towards 7th Street, one of the main CicLAvia thoroughfares.

I spent the afternoon wandering the CicLAvia route, seeing what I could see.  What I found was bikes.  Lots and lots of bikes.

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